The Fourth of July can be a wonderful time to spend with family and friends.Before you celebrate the holiday, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety. If not handled properly, fireworks can be extremely dangerous for any age.Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before purchasing or using them*Children should never play with fireworks. If you give your children a sparkler, make sure they know to keep the sparkler away from their face, clothing, hair, and other people.Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water or a hose readily available in case of a fire.Douse fireworks with water before discarding.Set a safety zone around the area you will be igniting the fireworks. Do not let spectators sit too closely and be aware that fireworks can backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction.Never shoot off fireworks from your hands or any other part of your body. You should always light them on the ground around non-flammable material.If you experience a dud firework, do not relight it. Grab your bucket of water or hose and pour water over it to ensure that it’s out completely before discarding.Quickly move away after you ignite a firework and avoid turning your back to the lit firework when moving away.Keep your pets indoors – fireworks can be extremely frightening to animals.If you don’t follow proper safety precautions when using fireworks, serious damage can happen:20,000 fires caused by fireworks per year$32 million in property damage9,300 serious injuries each year7% are females & 72.3% are maleInjuries by firework type:32% Firecrackers12% Bottle Rockets12% Sparklers9% Reloadable Shells4% Roman candles3% Multiple TubesAge of injured while using fireworks10% 0-4 yrs.21% 5-14 yrs.30% 15-24 yrs.23% 25 – 44 yrs.14% 45 -64 yrs.1% 65+ yrs.Source: CPSC.gov, NFPA.org, NSC.org*Please be aware of your county and city laws – each have different laws for shooting off fireworks. As stated on Fox2 Now, it is illegal to shoot off fireworks in St. Louis County. They are permitted in Franklin, Jefferson, and St. Charles County, but not permitted in the city of St. Peters. For more information, please visit: https://bit.ly/290pgPH.